board deals with change, hears complaint
orders for the construction of the Milan Library were considered
by the Osgood Public Library at the regular meeting on Tuesday,
June 22. One change included a metal display case not authorized
by the board.
Board members received comments from patrons who disliked the
case. Also, board members did not recall authorizing the purchase
of a display case for the library.
An incompatible dimming system for the lights resulted in the
second change order. According to the engineer for the project,
the lighting system and the dimming system were purchased from
two different manufacturers and prevents the automatic dimming
of the main room when there is plenty of natural lighting which
would save in energy costs.
Although the cost of the change order would come from the contingency
fund and not raise the cost of the project, the board explained
that they feel the engineering company should pay for the cost
due to their experience with this type of lighting and therefore
should have known what type of systems are compatible.
The motion to not pay the cost for the lighting change order was
unanimously approved. A quote for a new display case will be presented
to the board at a later date.
John Peetz, Osgood, presented information regarding the library
tax rate for Decatur County, noting that it was much lower than
the current rate for Osgood. Attorney Larry Eaton explained to
Peetz that the library in Decatur County is a county library,
with a higher tax base.
The libraries in Ripley County are divided into districts with
a small amount of people paying the taxes, making the rate higher.
Eaton explained that there is no changing the tax rate. Theres
no turning back, the debt has to be paid, he noted.
The libraries are used daily by students and seniors. They
keep kids off the streets, Eaton explained. Sure theres
a cost to the town, but the town is getting value for their money.
He further stated that a library is good for a towns economy
and encourages businesses to locate within the town.
Peetz has expressed his displeasure in the high library tax rate,
which has caused his total tax dollar amount to increase, to the
library board in the past.
According to Eaton, the Milan library construction project was
planned by financial planners with the budget receiving approval
from the state.
The land for the library was donated and grants were received
to help offset the cost of the project with the balance of about
$1 million funded by bonds.
In other business, the board approved the purchase of a new updated
server; the reciprocal borrowing agreement will end on September
1 and those out of the OPL district will be required to purchase
an out of district library card.
All board members were in attendance. OPL board meetings are held
the third Tuesday of each month starting at 7 p.m. at the Osgood
Public Library meeting room.